Game of the Week: Rabun County vs Jefferson

The BLITZ Game of the Week sends us back to Tiger for a second straight week for yet another #1 vs #2 matchup that also again features a pair of 5-star recruits pitted against each other.

RABUN COUNTY

The Wildcats (2-0) are the top-ranked team in the state in class 2A. They are looking every bit as good as advertised, and look to be, as we expect, playing in game 15 this year. A 35-0 win over Ridgeland was pretty vanilla, as this team didn’t open much of the playbook until Week 2’s ESPN game with Prince Avenue Christian. Really and truly, it could have been a blowout had the Cats not had so many go down in the third quarter with cramps and some bad luck. Still, Rabun won in dramatic fashion and come in unbeaten. And yes, there are still plenty of wrinkles in the playbook that no one has seen yet.

JEFFERSON

The Dragons (1-0) are fresh off a dominating 61-7 win over Central Gwinnett. Jefferson ran the option to perfection all night, led by 5-star Malaki Starks. In fact, JHS didn’t have to throw a pass…and didn’t. The thing about Jefferson is they are DEEP. When they roll the second unit in, there is often times no drop-off, or too little to even notice. The Dragons have the ability to win with depth, numbers, and size in the trenches.

BY THE NUMBERS (2020)

RABUN COUNTY

  • 2-0 (0-0)
  • Region Standings: 1st
  • 36.5 OFFENSE AVG
  • 15.5 DEFENSE AVG
  • #1 State Ranking

JEFFERSON

  • 1-0 (0-0)
  • Region Standings: 1st
  • 61.0 OFFENSE AVG
  • 7.0 DEFENSE AVG
  • #2 State Ranking

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Be looking for highlights post-game late tonight as well as a story recapping WEEK 3. Highlights will also be shared on Channel 5 (Fox) on the 11 PM “High 5 Sports” show tonight. You can also follow us on Twitter (@BlitzSportsGa) for live score updates.

OUR PREDICTION

This is a brutal game on the schedule for both teams. Good thing it’s early. What both coaches are hoping for more than anything is to come out healthy and with a clear picture of things they can work on. Of course, both sides would love a win here. On the one hand, we’ve never picked against Rabun, and rightfully so. On the other hand, the roster size and depth for Jefferson is unlike any around. Rabun will have its hands full, but playing at home and off the emotions of a big win over another #2 last week, we’ll say a HARD, TOUGH win for the Cats. But the defense will have to be even better than last week to stop the Dragons incredible option. The official line per Maxwell is EVEN. OUR PICK: RABUN

DO WE BRING LUCK?

Yes, in 39 games we’ve been to for Rabun, the Cats are 31-8. Five of those losses are playoff games. The other three are to Jefferson, for what it’s worth. As stated before, Rabun doesn’t need luck, but this matchup they’ll need to play clean (few penalties), safe (secure the ball), aggressive, and maybe have a ball bounce their way a time or two. For Jefferson, we have been to 9 of their games, and they have gone 8-1 in those.

DETAILS OF THE MATCHUP

TIME: 7:30 PM Kickoff
PLACE: Rabun County HS / Tiger, GA / Frank Snyder Memorial Stadium
LAST MEETING: Jefferson 19, Rabun 7 (2015)
ALL-TIME RECORD: Jefferson 20, Rabun 3
RECORDS: Rabun County Wildcats (2-0; 0-0 in 8-AA); Jefferson Dragons (1-0; 0-0 in 8-AAAA)

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

This is a long-played game, but we haven’t seen it in five years. It has been all Jefferson lately, with the Dragons winning now 17 in a row in the series. Rabun had won 3 of the first 6 meetings, but not since 1955. There have been some close ones since, with the Cats losing by one in 1972, and within a touchdown in 1980, 1981, 1983, and 2013 (OT). Below are links to the versions of this game that we have been to.

2013: JHS 26, RC 20 (OT) | 2014: JHS 50, RC 14 | 2015: JHS 19, RC 7

TEAM LEADERS (2020 PLAYER STATS)

RABUN COUNTY

PASSING
Gunner Stockton (340 pass yds, 5 TD, 1 INT; 68% completion)

RUSHING
Gunner Stockton (270 yds, 4 TD, 6.4 YPC)
Lang Windham (261 yds, 1 TD, 9.3 YPC)
Bryson Addis (5 yds, 0 TD, 5 YPC)

RECEIVING
Adriel Clark (145 yds, 2 TD, 12 rec)
Tate Ramey (81 yds, 2 TD, 8 rec)
Lang Windham (39 yds, 0 TD, 3 rec)
Hogan Woodard (37 yds, 0 TD, 2 rec)
Sutton Jones (25 yds, 0 TD, 5 rec)
Turner Grimmett (6 yds, 1 TD, 1 rec)

DEFENSIVE
Hoff Windham (14 TKL, 1 TFL)
Turner Grimmett (14 TKL, 1 TFL)
Will Turpin (13 TKL, 1 TFL, 2 Sacks)
Tate Ramey (11 TKL)
Will McCraw (11 TKL, 3 TFL, 2 Sacks)
Hogan Woodard (10 TKL, 1 TFL, 1 INT)
Cory Keller (10 TKL, 1 TFL, 2 INT)
Hunter Moore (2 INT)

JEFFERSON

PASSING
N/A

RUSHING
Malaki Starks (177 yds, 3 TD, 25.3 YPC)
Kolton Jones (78 yds, 1 TD, 39 YPC)
Jordan Perry (52 yds,17.3 YPC)
Michael Sheehan (50 yds, 2 TD, 8.3 YPC)
Reese Johnson (28 yds, 1 TD, 9.3 YPC)
Isaiah Copeland (25 yds, 12.5 YPC)
Tre Reece (23 yds, 7.7 YPC)
Paxton Corkery (21 yds, 21 YPC)
Kam Robinson (18 yds, 1 TD, 18 YPC)
Bowman Horn (18 yds, 18 YPC)
Carter Stephenson (14 yds, 1 TD, 4.7 YPC)
Levin Jones (12 yds, 12 YPC)
Hyson Porter (10 yds, 5 YPC)

RECEIVING
N/A

DEFENSIVE
Paxton Corkery (1 Sack)
Colton Dufresne (1 Sack)
Carson Woodward (1 Sack)
Max Aldridge (1 INT)
Austin Redmon (1 INT)

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